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Antibiotics

It has been an extended holiday from blogging for me…sorry about that folks! With Antibiotic Awareness Week last month I decided that this blog should focus on antibiotic awareness. To me, antibiotics are one of the most amazing groups of medications that we have. They are lifesaving medicines, drugs that stop people dying from diseases […]

Making Connections

Hello there everyone. It feels like the past couple of months have flown. Since my last blog I have completed my ICU rotation, had a lovely two weeks of annual leave and have moved to ward 5GN where I will complete the final rotation of my grad year. It is actually scary how fast this […]

Precious Premmies

As anyone who has previously read my blogs would be aware, I work part time in the Special Care Nursery (SCN). Some of my midwifery colleagues, who thrive on the challenges and break-neck pace in the maternity unit think I’m a bit crazy for doing this. Others think I do it because it is slower […]

Nevertheless there is always stress!

Happy spring everyone!! It is difficult to believe that this time last year I was anxiously awaiting the day I would find out my destiny…aka if and where I would be accepted into a graduate nurse program. I remember how nervous I was. I was getting ready, driving and waiting to go into my interviews, especially […]

Deadlines are hard

During uni, this is how an assignment works: A few weeks where you kind of research a topic, a few days where you write it up, and then a quick final check before you submit it. There was even a case of a friend I studied with, who shall remain anonymous, who started a 3000 […]

Healthcare Isn’t Like Cooking

So, you’ve broken your leg. Now what? How on earth do we know what to do about it? The aim for each and every patient is to provide them with the treatment that will give them the best possible outcome. Unfortunately, health care isn’t like cooking; there is no set recipe you can follow. Taking […]

The great discussion of baby feeding

Since this week was world breastfeeding week, I thought it was a great time to discuss the age old topic of baby feeding. But this message isn’t about the pros and cons of breast vs bottle. Rather, I want to look at breastfeeding in a more personal way. I am going to start by stepping […]

Taking on the challenge

So, I survived my transition down to intensive care…..just!! After having been forced out of my comfort zone in so many ways! Firstly, I will point out that ICU differs from the wards in just about every single way possible. There is no big handover of all 30 patients, in intensive care handover is an […]

Finding the balance: ward time vs study

Finally, I’m back! Actually, I’m on holidays, so forgive me if I seem a little distant – I’m letting my mind wander from the hospital world to… a different hospital world. I’m working at another Melbourne hospital for these three weeks, so really, I never escape. When I got back from The Alfred, things were […]

Switching up roles…

So since my last blog things have been pretty busy. I had an exciting 2 weeks off work where I had my tonsils out (which for anyone who has ever had to experience the excruciatingly painful recovery associated with a tonsillectomy will completely sympathise with me). It was actually a weird and daunting experience and […]